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Over 1 million people eligible to vote in Kent's local election

PUBLISHED: 17:38 29 April 2013 | UPDATED: 17:38 29 April 2013

Over a million people are eligible to vote in Kent County Council's local election on Thursday.

The county council has responsibility for over 300 services such as schools, libraries, care homes and social care.

There are 84 seats across Kent, with 11 up for grabs in Dartford and Gravesham boroughs.

Conservatives have fielded candidates in all seats, followed by Labour with 83 and Ukip in third place with 74- a drastic increase on the 27 it fought in 2009.

KCC returning officer, Geoff Wild, said that although people “are traditionally very proud of the county”, historically turnout is low.

He said: “Local people should care what happens at a local level. This is what the county council is all about. It is 84 people who are not going off up to Westminster or trotting off across the Atlantic every week. They are working, living and caring, most importantly about Kent.

“The people of Kent should have, in County Hall, those people who best represent their interests and the only way they can secure that is by getting out and voting.”

Visit www.kent.gov.uk

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